BLOOMFIELD - The generosity of a Catron woman will continue the development of the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery.
A gift was made to the Bloomfield Assistance League recently by June Barton in memory of her late brother, Dale White Sr. White was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the occupation forces in Japan following the end of World War II. After being honorably discharged, he moved to Sikeston where he was a long-time employee of the SEMO Motor Co.
R.W. Richmond, president of the League, said the gifts will be used to complete several project at the cemetery including the Avenue of Flags. Also it will fund a granite bench and lighting for the fountain in the lake on the cemetery grounds.
The Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, located one mile south of Bloomfield, was dedicated in the fall of 2003 as the final resting place for those who served in the five branches of the Armed Services. The Bloomfield Assistance League was formed as a 501C3 not-for-profit organization to assist the cemetery through private donations.
"We are very grateful to Mrs. Barton for her generous gift," said Richmond. "It will help complete this cemetery which is a constant reminder to the citizen of Southeast Missouri of the service and sacrifice veterans made to our nation and state."